Touch Of Gray, Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Althea, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song, Promised Land Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Scarlet Begonias, Playin' In The Band-> Built To Last-> Drums-> Jam-> I Will Take You Home-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around-> Playin' In The Band, E: Brokedown Palace
complete; Soundboard Cassette Master-> DAT-> CDR except encore which is from B&K 4011 source
June 13, 2008 Subject:
Very good show
Overall: very solid show. Great song selection and well played. Jerry’s voice is struggling a bit. Phil’s bass is pretty far up in the mix, which is nice of course.
The scene: the last time I danced with cid. Had a great time and didn’t know it would be the last time, but just had been doing it less and less and after this just never did again. Perhaps I had learned the dance steps I was meant to learn and it was time to move on.
The music: Very nice song selection with really strong playing, IMO. Very nice jam in Bird Song with good listening and contributions from everyone. It doesn’t have an extreme high energy peak, but it is very well filled out and nicely played – signature jamming for where the band was headed at this time. Has anyone ever noticed that they always played great Scarlet>Fires in the far northern spots of any given East Coast tour? Toronto, Saratoga, Ithaca, Ann Arbor, etc. Just an observation. This one is very nice, with Brent and Phil really standing out in the jam. Playing jam is much like the Bird Song jam: great contributions from everyone and it explores some really nice ground. You can hear them almost go back for the reprise before they dive into Built (nice transition as others have mentioned). One of the few times Built had this prime-time slot, I think. Was Jerry trying to tell us something after the Pitt disaster? The nice little jam out of it heads back toward Playing, but doesn’t last as long as I’d like. Post-space is all good, with only the Other One standing out as noteworthy.
March 24, 2006 Subject:
Meatier exploratory intent with mixed results
1st Set: A chipper "Touch" whose sound gets more full-bodied by 4:00. Those nasty howlers ("Rooster")are attempting to predatorialize and place their talons on a soft, delicate creature. Lyrics are forgotten and the music's weak-jawed, but there's something 'lost but not forgotten' about "Brown-Eyed" that makes me feel deep melancholia. "Mama" pays proper penance to her efforts. I kinda wished for 'River' but it's the jolly polka of "Mexicali" instead. Professional, but not loony delirium over the character's wild misadventures. The wisdoms of "Althea" are passed on to the crowd. If you're incapable of staying true to a relationship, it's better to remain solitary than to dishonor and deface the sanctity of marriage. Open relationships? even between two consenting adults, will eventually lead to jealousy and tempestuous emotional volatility that disrupt the household and traumatize the children. Yet we remain idealists, hoping to one day paint a "Masterpiece" whether it be artistic or domestic bliss. (Minimal musical version, but soaringly soulful effort...god damn I love Jerry's harmonizing...he reaches and aspires, ust like the song) And though we're suppossed to be in constant pursuit of our dreams... we must always prize the untamed manner of which great artistry is produced, hence "Bird." (It's long and dreamy...totally lazy dazy wading, intrictae but not amazing.) Yet the notion of glory should always be within an arm's reach, "Promised." (little too subdued, but a little rough)
2nd Set: "Scarlet" is taken down a measured, deliberate pace but it's certainly percussively jammed out to specifications, meaning that its led not by Jerry's magisterial solos but by the different prodding drummers' fancy. "Fire" is consistent as they certainly aren't afraid to stretch out matters, (12:30) sturdy but unremarkable. "Playin" is provided with an open-ended canvas upon which a twisted puppet show commences. Never dramatically dire or maddeningly distracting, the strongest portions of the 13 minute version are in the 8 to 10 minute ranges. Before the song transitions, Jerry throws out the "Built" riff which nicely morphs into the song. Unfortunately, it settles back into the norm and is typically dull. "Drums" is the norm whereas "Space" convinces you of its origins. Without much notice we are taken "Home." After Brent's soothing, haunting ballad, action picks up with a jangly, geez Bobby's guitar too high in mix..., dig Brent and Phil playing off one another in 4's. The set-up and outline is well-presented, but Jerry's lacking the requisite power in both voice and playing so it's a wasted opportunity. Likewise for "Around" (outline) chugs along pleasantly, never breaking out leading into a rare decent "Playin Reprise" to close out the second set.
Despite a few missed words, "Brokedown" is the way to end this two night stand in Michigan land. (Intense NIT home games, btw...)
January 1, 2006 Subject:
Still Available for download
Check out further.net for this and other SBDs. They take a longer time to download, but what else can you do - worth the wait.
September 28, 2005 Subject:
Both Versions of this show sound excellent. I can't necessarily even tell if there is a difference. Anyhoo, 4+ stars across the board, great sound, great setlist (especially II), and great performance. I love the Playin Reprise to close the show. As previously mentioned the PITB>Built To Last transition is pretty neat, although this particular version of Built to Last isn't all that fantastic (IMHO).
Real solid show ... as a previous reviewer noted, the Playin>Built transition is very unusual. It's a "real" transition, in that the two tunes flow right together, as opposed to the band sort of coming to the end of one tune, and then quickly starting up the next.
early 80's meltdown -
May 6, 2005 Subject:
Scarlet>Fire playin' w/playin' reprise. Killer stuff, hot times. Althea also very nice.
April 6, 2005 Subject:
16 years ago!
great, great show! can't believe i'm the first to review...ironically, this is also my first post on the site....very juicy sounding SBD, full sound! the boys sound very locked in right from the beginning. Brent in particular is in top form! Archive is man's greatest internet creation. confirmed.
4 stars all around (I reserve 5 stars for top 10 quality shows only...otherwise this would get 5)